Chiang Mai farming and Khao Soy

Chiang Mai farming
and Khao Soy

Any city along a river is destined to put a different light on its view and Chiang Mai’s Ping River
is definitely not an exception. A gentle boat rides ends at a local farm where traditional
harvest techniques are used and a bowl of Khao Soy is served.

WHY THIS TOUR?

The capital of the north requires little introduction; blissfully located among mountains, valleys and fertile grounds, Chiang Mai brings forward a sense of Thailand in a more docile way than its big brother Bangkok. A myriad of rivers, flowing along the foothills, assure a constant flow of water for agricultural means with the Mae Ping taking on the supply for the Chiang Mai region on its account.

A calm stream that hugs the city’s central districts, a farmer’s life along the Ping River will pass the revue during this 2.5 hour excursion is the end station of this 2.5 hour boating trip. Topped up with a local bowl of Khao Soy at a local farm, and you have an insight in a farmer’s life.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Chiang Mai farming and Khao Soy

08:30 - 11:00
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14:30 - 17:00

We start this short yet sweet excursion with a short transfer to the Chaimongkol docking area of an exhilarating 45-minutes cruise over the Mae Ping River. Chiang Mai life from the river takes on a completely new persona once you had a taste of the city. The Rose of the North’s Mae Ping River splits the modern part with the more local side where temples, old wooden houses and local communities still thrive. With modern times interspersed along the river banks, the overall colourful scenery and witness the lifestyle of the local people is something that has retained over time.

The cruise ends with a visit to a local farmhouse with its own herbs, vegetables and fruit gardens. On the farm you observe yourself how the cultivation of jasmine rice and a variety of herbs for use both in medicine and cookery are tended to in traditional fashion. Guided by the local family, visitors truly get a feel and taste of how former generations infused their knowledge in the current farming life cycle.

A selection of seasonal fresh fruit is there to be tried out in combination with the taste of lemon-grass and other herb juices. You should not leave Chiang Mai without tasting the local dish, Khao Soy, a smooth, spicy, noodle in curry soup. Return transfer from the farm to your downtown Chiang Mai hotel is included.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half day tour with English-speaking assistance. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver (one-way only)
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • One bowl of Khao Soy at the farm included (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on joint / Seat-In-Coach basis only with English-speaking assistance (no guide).
  • Transfers are only operated within the downtown Chiang Mai areas and restricted to main hotels only. Regions outside the central business district such as Mae Rim, Hang Dong, Doi Saket, Mae Taeng and Chiang Mai International Airport are excluded and supplementary charges apply
  • We regret that are unable to provide pick-up and drop-off transfer services from and to apartment complexes, local guest houses or private apartments.
  • We advise you kindly to head on your own arrangement to the nearest hotel inside the downtown Chiang Mai area.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of meal at the farm.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package.Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • This tour departs every hour between 09:00 and 15:00 hrs (last departure).

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